Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    Dave Goode

    Is it correct to say :-

    "The next couple to be eliminated is John and Jane"

    or

    "The next couple to be eliminated are John and Jane"

  1. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    #2

    Re: Dave Goode

    Great question, Dave, and welcome.

    It's a matter of finding the subject and making the verb agree in number with that subject. So, if the singular noun 'couple' is the subject, then the verb agrees in singular number (is, not are):

    The next couple is... (Standard English)
    The next couple are...

    However, if you want 'couple' to refer to two people, then

    The couple are... ('couple' can mean they)

    You have a choice.


    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 3,059
    #3

    Re: Dave Goode

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Great question, Dave, and welcome.

    It's a matter of finding the subject and making the verb agree in number with that subject. So, if the singular noun 'couple' is the subject, then the verb agrees in singular number (is, not are):

    The next couple is... (Standard English)
    The next couple are...

    However, if you want 'couple' to refer to two people, then

    The couple are... ('couple' can mean they)

    You have a choice.
    If you have a choice, Casi, then how is it that you exclude the plural choice in the example sentence. You seem to have some contradictions here.

    I think that BrE might treat this differently than NaE.


    AHD:

    couple

    USAGE NOTE: When used to refer to two people who function socially as a unit, as in a married couple, the word couple may take either a singular or a plural verb, depending on whether the members are considered individually or collectively: The couple were married last week. Only one couple was left on the dance floor.

  2. #4

    Re: Dave Goode

    If I have to decide, I will choose the first sentence.
    Why? B/c

    PHP Code:
    The next couple to be eliminated 
    ... the narrator wants to imply the whole , that means "John and Jane" now becoming a name for a thing that stand before it.
    You can say:
    PHP Code:
    The car I want to buy is [B]Bellies[/B
    The name above although it has plural, but it is just a name, like the John and Jane situation...

    That's my little knowledge....

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •